Headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a viselike quality.
A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly, and may last from less than an hour to several days.When structures such as blood vessels, membranes and cranial nerves in the brain and skull are stretched, and compressed, irritated, inflamed or infected, headaches often result.
There are several types of headaches and no type is normal. Recurring headaches are a sign that something is wrong and should not be ignored. Aspirin, ibuprofen and other medications may temporarily mask the symptoms but they do nothing to correct the source of the problem. As long as the problem remains the headaches will continue to come back. Pain is the body’s way of alerting us that something is wrong. It is unwise to ignore these signals and treat just the symptoms.
A tension headache is the most common type of headache. It is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, and is often associated with muscle tightness in these areas. The muscle contractions can be a response to stress, depression, head injury, or anxiety. They may occur at any age, but are most common in adults and older teens.
Any activity that causes the head to be held in 1 position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Activities may include typing or other computer work, fine work with the hands, and using a microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position may also trigger a tension headache.
A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation usually involving the whole head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg.
The Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches attacks come on abruptly, with intense throbbing pain arising high in one nostril and spreading behind the eye on that side of the face. The attacks tend to occur from once to several times daily in clusters last weeks to even months. Without apparent reason the cluster subsides a quickly as it began.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Using his or her hands, X-ray, and other instruments, your chiropractor will determine if you have subluxations in your body. Subluxations can cause pressure on the brain stem and affect blood supply to the head. Chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce the severity and the frequency of all types of headaches. Chiropractic treatment also deal with many contributory factors or after effects including relieve of restriction in movement of the neck, muscle tension in the neck, upper back and shoulders and helping correct any postural issues that may influence the occurrence of both migraine and tension headaches.